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pre-wired home with 7 sets of speakers

by cloverln / August 23, 2017 3:47 AM PDT

our home is prewired with a blend of wall, ceiling, outdoor and floor speakers. I need input on a system to push the speakers for music. The room wired with (4) floor speakers may be used for TV

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This is usually a mess to sort out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2017 10:10 AM PDT

But for me I consider pushing music to the house to be a thing on its own and the TV to be a system worth its own setup. Mixing these can cost you.

So with that you look to some amplifier or receiver that has a few zones.

Then we have single source, and more noted at so you have to decide how far down the rabbit hole you will go.

By now you see there are far too many choices at this point and why answers are delayed or didn't happen. That out of the way. For the house music, there are multi zone models to peruse:

For the TV, it's a little easier but that odd 4 speaker setup may mean you have to add a speaker to hit 5.1 or other setups. There are plenty of receivers to choose from here.

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You will need a speaker switcher & secondary amplifier
by Pepe7 / August 28, 2017 11:42 AM PDT

Beyond what any standard 5.1/7.1/etc. AV receiver can offer you, to run that many pairs *effectively* will require the speaker selector and additional amp.

Definitely separate the (presumably, 'surround') room if possible. It might make things easier and better compartmentalized. If you source an AV receiver with 'zone 2' capability, you could integrate with the other rooms/pairs later on via the secondary amp/speaker selector. It will require you to read up on the process however. FWIW, Russound has always been one of my favorite components to use for the additional speakers throughout a home-

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